Posts tagged ‘Lucy Walker’
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
Source: Waste Land Movie
Première Brasil, which has as its festival home the historic Odeon Petrobras in downtown Rio de Janeiro, is the heart of Festival do Rio and the best annual global showcase of contemporary Brazilian cinema.
Première Brasil is the only competitive section of Festival do Rio with jury awards to be presented on Tuesday, 5 October. Three highly prized audience awards will also be bestowed on the best Brazilian feature film, best documentary and best short film.
This year Première Brasil includes nine feature films, eight feature length documentaries and 21 shorts. A further three features and two documentary features will screen hors concours, (more…)
Lixo extraordinário (Waste Land)
2010. Great Britain/Brazil.
Directed by Lucy Walker. Co-directed by João Jardim, Karen Harley.
This documentary follows celebrated contemporary artist Vik Muniz on an emotional journey to the world’s largest landfill, Jardim Gramacho, outside Rio de Janeiro, and explores his three-year collaboration with the catadores, who inhabit the “trash city” picking recyclables. It tells an immensely powerful story of people at the end of their rope, using art as a means to “recycle” their own lives.
In Portuguese; English subtitles. 90 min.
Saturday, July 24, 2010, 2:00 p.m. , Theater 1, T1
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Salve geral (Time of Fear)
2009. Brazil. Directed by Sergio Rezende. With Andrea Beltrão, Denise Weinberg, Lee Thalor. A recently widowed piano teacher is shocked when her only son is imprisoned for killing a young woman. Her situation goes from bad to worse when, desperate to free him, she becomes involved with the criminal organization behind a series of actions that threaten to turn São Paulo into a living hell. (more…)
TARGET NARRATIVE FEATURE: THE DRY LAND
DIR: Ryan Piers Williams (USA)
Cast: America Ferrera, Ryan O’Nan, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter, Ethan Suplee, Melissa Leo (more…)
Sebastian Doggart, an expat film-maker, reports on a wave of largely foreign-based British talent that won plaudits at America’s favourite independent film festival
The British are leaving Britain. I can vouch for it: there were hordes of them at the Sundance Film Festival. I’m a London-born expat who left the UK 10 years ago, first for Los Angeles, and now for New York. I was at Sundance, in Park City, Utah, to sell my film, and to promote a new distribution platform for indie films. Over 10 days, I met fellow Brits everywhere. They were returning knackered from the ski-slopes; complaining about Mormon-inspired restrictions on the size of vodka shots; and trudging drunkenly through the 2am Main Street snow. (more…)